Published on October 14th, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern1
Plot the Lot Program
BY: GRASSROOTS GARDEN OF BUFFALO
Information on the location of vacant lots in the City of Buffalo is difficult to find, outdated, and hard to use. Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, with the help of the University Heights Tool Library, is spearheading a community lead process of cataloging these spaces. The goal is to increase awareness of the burden of the vacant lots on neighborhoods, as well as engage citizens in neighborhood change.
While vacant land is still largely abundant, Buffalo is also finding itself with new development projects. As buildings continue to rise in some neighborhoods, the opportunity for greenspace is dwindling. By mapping the current vacancy by residents and volunteers, it will allow the neighborhood to assess its own needs, and create a vision, for the place they live by reclaiming vacant land through practices such as community gardens, urban farms, or pocket parks.
What are We Looking For?
We are looking for any and all vacant lots throughout Buffalo. While mapping these lots, you’ll be asked to input information on their surroundings. This will be helpful in determining the best fit usage of the space, and the social capital available to maintain it.
Add your Plots
On your travels throughout Buffalo, map vacant lots. Visit here for instructions on adding spaces to our map.
Be a Leader
Is an organization you’re part of looking for a volunteer opportunity? Lead them in this community mapping exercise!
Start a Garden
Find a suitable space in your neighborhood? Apply to be a garden in the Grassroots Garden’s network. See our application here.